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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Director: Frank Capra
Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra.

Release Date: 1946-12-20
Status: Released
Run time: 130 min / 2:10
Budget: $3,180,000
Revenue: $9,644,124
Production Companies : RKO Radio Pictures, Liberty Films (II)
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1946-12-20
Status: Released
Run time: 130 min / 2:10
Budget: $3,180,000
Revenue: $9,644,124

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Casts

James Stewart
as George Bailey
Donna Reed
as Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore
as Henry F. Potter
Henry Travers
as Clarence Odbody
Thomas Mitchell
as Uncle Billy Bailey
Beulah Bondi
as Ma Bailey
Ward Bond
as Bert
Frank Faylen
as Ernie Bishop
Gloria Grahame
as Violet Bick
Frank Albertson
as Sam Wainwright
H.B. Warner
as Mr. Gower
Virginia Patton
as Ruth Dakin Bailey
Todd Karns
as Harry Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds
as Peter Bailey
Lillian Randolph
as Annie
Sheldon Leonard
as Nick
Mary Treen
as Cousin Tilly
Charles Williams
as Cousin Eustace
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Hatch (as Sara Edwards)
William Edmunds
as Giuseppe Martini (as Bill Edmunds)
Argentina Brunetti
as Mrs. Martini
Robert J. Anderson
as Little George (as Bobbie Anderson)
Ronnie Ralph
as Little Sam
Jean Gale
as Little Mary
Jeanine Ann Roose
as Little Violet
Danny Mummert
as Little Marty Hatch
Georgie Nokes
as Little Harry Bailey
Frank Hagney
as Potter's Bodyguard
Ray Walker
as Joe at Luggage Shop
Charles Lane
as Real Estate Salesman
Edward Keane
as Tom at Building & Loan
Carol Coombs
as Janie Bailey
Karolyn Grimes
as Zuzu Bailey
Larry Simms
as Pete Bailey
Jimmy Hawkins
as Tommy Bailey
Jean Acker
as Townswoman (uncredited)
Ernie Adams
as Ed (uncredited)
Monya Andre
as (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews
as Mr. Welch (uncredited)
Sam Ash
as Nervous Banker (uncredited)
Jack Bailey
as One of Vi's Suitors (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict
as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard
as Townsman (uncredited)
Al Bridge
as Sheriff (uncredited)
Buz Buckley
as (uncredited)
Marian Carr
as Jane Wainwright (uncredited)
Adriana Caselotti
as Singer at Martini's (uncredited)
Lane Chandler
as (uncredited)
Michael Chapin
as Young George's Friend (uncredited)
Tom Chatterton
as Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham
as Cop Arresting Violet (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire
as Dr. Campbell (uncredited)
Edward Clark
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Tom Coleman
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Ellen Corby
as Ms. Davis (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow
as Uncle Billy's Pet Crow
Lew Davis
as High School Teacher at Poolside (uncredited)
Harry Denny
as (uncredited)
Helen Dickson
as Woman at Graduation Dance (uncredited)
Dick Elliott
as Man on Porch (uncredited)
Tom Fadden
as Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
Frank Fenton
as Violet's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston
as Horace (uncredited)
Sam Flint
as Relieved Banker in Potter's Office (uncredited)
Lee Frederick
as (uncredited)
Dick Gordon
as Photographer with Sheriff (uncredited)
Jack Gordon
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Herschel Graham
as (uncredited)
Joseph Granby
as (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Halton
as Carter (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood
as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Harry Holman
as Mr. Partridge (uncredited)
Art Howard
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Bert Howard
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull
as Mr. Randall (uncredited)
John Indrisano
as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Eddie Kane
as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Carl Kent
as (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Effie Laird
as Townswoman (uncredited)
Mike Lally
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Harold Landon
as Marty Hatch (uncredited)
Meade 'Lux' Lewis
as Pianist in Nick's Place (uncredited)
Jack Lomas
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Charles Meakin
as (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
as Man with Sheriff (uncredited)
Philip Morris
as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
George Noisom
as School Dancer (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor
as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen
as Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
Garry Owen
as Bill-Poster (uncredited)
Netta Packer
as (uncredited)
Franklin Parker
as Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway
as Nick's Waitress (uncredited)
Mark Roberts
as Mickey (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff
as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Cy Schindell
as Nick's Bouncer (uncredited)
Almira Sessions
as Potter's Secretary (uncredited)
Cedric Stevens
as (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan
as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan
as Nick's Bartender (uncredited)
Max Wagner
as Cashier / Nick's Assistant Bouncer (uncredited)
Larry Wheat
as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson
as Charlie (uncredited)
Carl Switzer
as Freddie Othello (uncredited)

Crew

Directing Frank Capra Director
Writing Philip Van Doren Stern Original Story
Production Frank Capra Producer
Camera Joseph F. Biroc Director of Photography
Camera Joseph Walker Director of Photography
Editing William Hornbeck Editor
Art Jack Okey Art Direction
Writing Frances Goodrich Screenplay
Writing Albert Hackett Screenplay
Writing Frank Capra Screenplay
Crew Jo Swerling Additional Writing
Crew Michael Wilson Additional Writing
Sound Dimitri Tiomkin Original Music Composer
Crew Daniel Hays Special Effects
Camera Phil Stern Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Gordon Bau Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Eugene Joseff Costume Design
Sound Clem Portman Sound
Art Emile Kuri Set Decoration
Art William Cameron Menzies Art Direction
Directing Arthur S. Black Jr. Assistant Director
Sound Richard Van Hessen Sound
Sound John Aalberg Sound
Crew Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Visual Effects Russell Shearman Special Effects Supervisor
Crew Lila Finn Stunts
Lighting Homer Plannette Gaffer
Sound Paul Marquardt Orchestrator

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